- the part of a projecting stone or brick tailed or inserted in a wall.
- Building Trades.gravel, aggregate, etc., failing to pass through a given screen.
- the residue of any product, as in mining; leavings.
Origin of tailing
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Examples from the Web for tailings
In this case provision should be made for tailings, dams, or slime pits.Getting Gold
J. C. F. Johnson
For every reason, the tailings should be kept as low as possible.Farm Engines and How to Run Them
James H. Stephenson
Refuse material from quartz, hydraulic or other mines is known as tailings.The A B C of Mining
Charles A. Bramble
I don't want nothing to work up the tailings of my mine, me!The Quality of Mercy
W. D. Howells
The tailings of a purifier do not usually exceed 10 to 15% of the feed.
- waste left over after certain processes, such as from an ore-crushing plant or in milling grain
- the part of a beam, rafter, projecting brick or stone, etc, embedded in a wall